Little Tiger staff hold the credentials and skills necessary to meet the needs of young children including CPR and First Aid certification. All of our teachers possess extensive classroom experience, master’s degree level training in foreign language education, and expertise in early childhood education. While we value our teachers’ educational backgrounds and experience, we also select our teachers for their engaging, energetic personalities. Students learn best in a fun and engaging learning environment.
Meggie Chou, Founder/Director of CWM
Meggie Chou founded Chinese with Meggie in 2006 and serves as the school’s director. Originally from Taiwan, Meggie holds a BFA in Studio Art from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters degree from UT-Austin. She also attended Rice University’s Institute for Chinese Language Teaching. Meggie believes in the power of language education at an early age and is dedicated to creating a fun, productive and engaging environment at Chinese with Meggie. In addition to directing the school, she also leads her teaching team in developing innovative programs and learning materials. Most recently, she authored Diving into Chinese, a series of 40 books for young Chinese language learners. The books are published by China Sprout and Higher Education Press; ebooks for the iPad are available through the iTunes Bookstore.
Jiao Li, Director of Little Tiger Program and Head Classroom Teacher
Jiao Li is the Director of the Little Tiger program as well as the assistant director of Chinese with Meggie. She moved to Austin from Minnesota, where she was a full-time Chinese immersion classroom teacher in the Eisenhower Elementary/Xinxing Academy for 6 years. She has a M.A. in TESOL (teaching English as a second language) from University of Florida, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Nanjing Normal University in China. She also holds a TESOL certificate from FL, K-6 teacher licensure from both MN and TX, and K-12 teacher licensure from China. Before moving to the US, she taught middle school English in China for 3 years. She is passionate teacher and loves using her energy and creativity to make the classroom an exciting and engaging place for students.
Cecilia Lin, Lead Curriculum Developer
Cecilia Lin graduated from Oklahoma City University with an M.A. in TESOL before going on to take six modules of doctoral coursework at Durham University in England. Cecilia has a lifetime teaching credential to teach college students in Taiwan, where she has taught as a university instructor and a teacher trainer. For the eight years prior to joining CWM/LTP, she was a Chinese immersion teacher at Yinghua Academy, a public charter school in Minnesota, and at Springbridge International bilingual school in California. Ceclia has demonstrated her leadership as a team lead teacher, school mentor teacher, and professional learning community (PLC) Lead in her previous schools. She also has managed and conducted summer teacher training programs for Chinese immersion professionals during her time at Yinghua Academy. She is passionate about teaching and especially about helping students to achieve academic success.
Jing Ling, Lead Teacher of Little Tiger Program
Prior to joining our staff in 2014, Jing Ling was a full-time Chinese teacher in a Pennsylvania public charter school for four years. She holds a Master of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from her undergraduate university in China. She is certified to teach Chinese in public schools in New York State and Texas. Before coming to the US, she taught English to Chinese university students for five years. Like her colleagues at CWM, she loves children and teaching. As a teacher, she believes in the importance of connecting with students by providing a positive environment in which to explore a new language.
Yue Zhang, Lead Teacher of Little Tiger Program
Yue (Yona) Zhang earned her master’s degree in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA. She has taught at the elementary level for two years both in China and the US. Before moving to Austin, she lived in St. Louis, where she was a recreation leader in a public school. In April 2015, she completed CWM’s inaugural teacher training program, working as a visiting teacher in AISD elementary classrooms. Through this array of experiences, she has developed strong skills in foreign language teaching, curriculum development and classroom management. A passionate teacher, she particularly enjoys sharing Chinese culture with her students.
Yi Wei, Lead Teacher of Little Tiger Program
Yi Wei, originally from Xiamen, China, received her B.A. in English Education at Shanghai International Studies University. To pursue her dream of being a teacher, she came to U.S. and studied TESOL and Foreign Language Education (Chinese) in the dual-certification M.A. program at New York University. This prepared her to be a certified teacher in New York State. She taught both Chinese and TESOL in New York City public schools as a student teacher and developed solid skills in language teaching, curriculum development, and classroom differentiation. She also worked as a TESOL assistant teacher at the kindergarten level. Moving to Austin, Yi is also certified as a EC-12 Chinese teacher in Texas. She joined Chinese With Meggie in 2017 and enjoys working in CWM’s innovative and collaborative environment.
Assistant Teachers of Little Tiger Program
Assistant Teachers are chosen from our current CWM teacher team. All Assistant Teachers possess extensive classroom experience, master’s degree level training in foreign language education, and expertise in early childhood education.
Mandy Chen, Subject Teacher/Assistant Teacher
Mandy Chen originally comes from Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her B.A. in Childhood Education from National Taiwan Normal University. After arriving in the US, she pursued her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from University of Colorado, Denver. She also holds the certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and a TESOL certificate. Her classroom experience includes two years as an assistant teacher in the GreenField Preschool in Taiwan. In US, she has assisted in ESL classrooms and volunteered as a Chinese teacher at the Colorado Chinese Language School. Since joining CWM in early 2016, Mandy has enjoyed working with kids in CWM’s fun, creative, interactive and challenging enviornment.
RongAnn Chou, Subject Teacher/Assistant Teacher
Rong Ann Chou is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her Bachelor of Education in the division of Early Childhood Development and Education at National Taiwan Normal University. After completing her undergraduate studies, Rong Ann served as a research assistant for the Child Development Survey Project and Parent Education and Material Design Projects at NTNU, in cooperation with Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education. Following her passion for education and cultural exploration, Rong Ann continued her education by pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Chinese with Meggie in 2017, she worked at The Flawn Child and Family Laboratory and Child Development Center at UT. Rong Ann believes deeply in the uniqueness of each child. She strives to create a positive atmosphere and rich environment to support her students’ growth and to help them to achieve their potential. In her spare time, Rong Ann loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, cook, read books, and watch movies.
Janice Hervey, English Language Arts Instructor
Janice Hervey joined the Little Tiger program as an English Language arts instructor in fall 2017. Prior to Little Tiger, Janice has taught for 12 years, most recently at Perez Elementary School in AISD. She also has extensive experience in teaching within dual-language and English as a Second Language contexts, in both public and private schools. She is certified as an Early Elementary Teacher and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a life long learner and wishes to instill a lifetime love of learning in her students.
Fingerprints and Background Check
All teachers at Little Tiger and Chinese with Meggie Language School have passed a background check with theTexas Department of Public Safety’s Fingerprint-based Applicant Clearinghouse of Texas (FACT).
First Aid Training
All teachers at CWM Little Tiger Program have taken part in and received certification in the standard American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED – Pediatrics training course.